horn

noun
\ ˈhȯrn How to pronounce horn (audio) \

Definition of horn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : one of the usually paired bony processes that arise from the head of many ungulates and that are found in some extinct mammals and reptiles: such as
(1) : one of the permanent paired hollow sheaths of keratin usually present in both sexes of cattle and their relatives that function chiefly for defense and arise from a bony core anchored to the skull — see cow illustration
(2) : antler
(3) : a permanent solid horn of keratin that is attached to the nasal bone of a rhinoceros
(4) : one of a pair of permanent bone protuberances from the skull of a giraffe or okapi that are covered with hairy skin
b : a part like an animal's horn attributed especially to the devil
c : a natural projection or excrescence from an animal resembling or suggestive of a horn
d(1) : the tough fibrous material consisting chiefly of keratin that covers or forms the horns of cattle and related animals, hooves, or other horny parts (such as claws or nails)
(2) : a manufactured product (such as a plastic) resembling horn
e : a hollow horn used to hold something
2 : something resembling or suggestive of a horn: such as
a : one of the curved ends of a crescent
b : a sharp mountain peak
c : a body of land or water shaped like a horn
d : a beak-shaped part of an anvil
e : a high pommel of a saddle
f : cornu
3a : an animal's horn used as a wind instrument
b : a brass wind instrument: such as
c : a wind instrument used in a jazz band especially : trumpet
d : a usually electrical device that makes a noise like that of a horn
4 : a source of strength
5 : one of the equally disadvantageous alternatives presented by a dilemma
6 slang : telephone

Horn

geographical name
\ ˈhȯrn How to pronounce Horn (audio) \
variants: or North Cape

Definition of Horn (Entry 2 of 2)

cape just south of the Arctic Circle in northwestern Iceland

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Other Words from horn

Noun

horn adjective
horned \ ˈhȯrnd How to pronounce horned (audio) also  ˈhȯr-​nəd \ adjective
hornedness \ ˈhȯr-​nəd-​nəs How to pronounce hornedness (audio) , ˈhȯrn(d)-​nəs \ noun
hornless \ ˈhȯrn-​ləs How to pronounce hornless (audio) \ adjective
hornlessness noun
hornlike \ ˈhȯrn-​ˌlīk How to pronounce hornlike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for horn

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of horn in a Sentence

Noun musketeers carrying their gunpowder in powder horns
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Or that people, for centuries, thought that narwhal tusks were unicorn horns, and that they were imbued with medicinal powers? Megan Gambino, Smithsonian, "The Ten Best Children’s Books of 2019," 7 Dec. 2019 In the cockpit, an altitude warning horn blared through the noise, signaling to the pilots that there had been a sudden loss of pressure. Michael Laris, Anchorage Daily News, "A jet engine blowout killed a passenger. The FAA knew it was possible - but hadn’t said anything.," 4 Dec. 2019 The crossing starts to clang and a colossal, bi-level Caltrain thunders past on its way from San Francisco into the Valley, its mournful horn an echo of an older America. The Economist, "Hippie Inc: how the counterculture went corporate," 29 Nov. 2019 The 13th Annual Merry Tuba Christmas returns to Bel Air High School, 100 Heighe St., on Dec. 15 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Come and bring your tubas, euphoniums and baritone horns. Erika Butler, baltimoresun.com, "Bel Air to kicks off holiday season this weekend Christmas parade, Festival of Trees, new Winter Wonderland," 28 Nov. 2019 The ceremony started with the blowing of a shofar, an ancient horn used in Jewish culture, followed by a Christian hymn. Silvia Foster-frau, ExpressNews.com, "At interfaith Thanksgiving, unity is embraced," 24 Nov. 2019 The capital got loud: Protesters banged pots and pans and the streets filled with the sounds of honking horns from passing cars. Andrea Miliani, Teen Vogue, "How the Protests in Chile Escalated: From Subway Fare Hike to National Revolution," 30 Oct. 2019 To find out whether these same genes guide horn growth, Hu and his team genetically tinkered with dung beetles. Erica Tennenhouse, Science | AAAS, "Dung beetles borrowed wing genes to grow their horns," 21 Nov. 2019 Or take the decorative small brass horns from your childhood Christmas tree and weave them onto a base of vines or greens. Iris Van Rynbach, courant.com, "Holiday welcome: Creating a distinctive holiday wreath," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of horn

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for horn

Noun

Middle English, going back to Old English, going back to Germanic *hurna- (whence also Old Frisian, Old High German & Old Norse horn "horn," Gothic haurn), going back to Indo-European *ḱr̥-n-o, perhaps originally "object made of bony material from the head" (whence also Latin cornum, cornū "horn," Welsh carn "hoof, hilt, handle," Breton karn "hoof," and, with an additional velar suffix, Sanskrit śŕ̥ṅgam "horn"), derivative of a base *ḱer-, elsewhere with laryngeal element *ḱer-h2- "bony material constituting the skull or horns" — more at kerato-

Note: Also in Germanic *her-uta- "stag, hart, deer"—see hart. The Latin u-stem cornū perhaps reflects an earlier *korū̆ merged with *korno- (see Alan Nussbaum, Head and Horn in Indo-European, Berlin, 1986, p. 4).

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The first known use of horn was before the 12th century

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“Horn.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horn?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=h&file=horn0001. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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horn

noun
How to pronounce Horn (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of horn

: one of the hard pointed parts that grows on the head of some animals (such as cattle, goats, or sheep)
: a hard pointed part that grows on the nose of a rhinoceros
: the hard material of which horns are made

horn

noun
\ ˈhȯrn How to pronounce horn (audio) \

Kids Definition of horn

1 : one of the hard bony growths on the head of many hoofed animals (as cattle, goats, or sheep)
2 : the tough material of which horns and hooves are composed The knife handle was made of horn.
3 : a brass musical instrument (as a trumpet or French horn)
4 : a usually electrical device that makes a noise like that of a horn Drivers were blowing their horns.
5 : something shaped like or made from a horn Each soldier carried a horn of powder.
6 : a musical or signaling instrument made from an animal's horn

Other Words from horn

horned \ ˈhȯrnd \ adjective
hornless \ ˈhȯrn-​ləs \ adjective

horn

noun
\ ˈhȯ(ə)rn How to pronounce horn (audio) \

Medical Definition of horn

1a : one of the usually paired bony processes that arise from the head of many ungulates and that are found in some extinct mammals and reptiles especially : one of the permanent paired hollow sheaths of keratin usually present in both sexes of cattle and their relatives that function chiefly for defense and arise from a bony core anchored to the skull
b : the tough fibrous material consisting chiefly of keratin that covers or forms the horns of cattle and related animals, hooves, or other horny parts (as claws or nails)
2 : cornu

Other Words from horn

horned \ ˈhȯ(ə)rnd How to pronounce horned (audio) \ adjective

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